Local News

  • Old Harriman hospital’s future in limbo

    By Richard Evans

    Talk of possible development of the old hospital in Harriman has been delayed until July.

    During the Harriman Industrial Development Board meeting Thursday evening, representatives of Carl Anderson, a Knoxville developer, apprised the board of a potential use for the property.

    Speaking on behalf of Anderson, Mark Bunch said their firm would like to develop 50 low income housing units in a moderate/mid-rise, perhaps a four-story apartment building.

  • Police nab sex crime suspect

    An Internet Crimes Against Children investigation led to the arrest of a Rockwood man earlier this month.

    Danny Gordon Futrell is charged with solicitation of aggravated statutory rape.

    According to the warrant, he engaged in Facebook chats with a law enforcement officer who was posing as a 14-year-old female.

  • Trump OKs disaster designation for state

    President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Tennessee last week.

    That makes federal funding available for Roane and 55 other counties affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from Feb. 19 to March 30.

    “The devastating flooding and severe weather required a comprehensive response and stretched many local jurisdictions to their resource limits,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee was quoted in a press release.

  • Harriman needs home owners for home renovation program

    By Richard Evans

    Applications for the HOME Program Housing Rehabilitation project are being accepted now.

    People who live in the Harriman corporate limits and own their own home may be eligible for the Harriman HOME Program Housing Rehabilitation project.

    The program is designed to assist low-income households. It was awarded to Harriman last year.

    However, the city is in danger of losing the grant money because not enough people have applied to participate.

  • Drug take back day comes to Roane Saturday, April 27

    From staff reports

    Area law enforcement agencies will be participating in this month’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

    The Kingston Police Department will have a collection site at the Food City, 1000 Ladd Landing Blvd.

    The Harriman Police Department will be at Walgreens, 1797 Roane State Hwy. The Rockwood Police Department will be at Walmart, 1102 North Gateway Ave.

  • Radioactive materials training facility to be given state funds

    Last minute amendments to the state budget will include funding for a radioactive materials training facility in Roane County, according to state Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston).

    The appropriations amendments and Senate Bill 1351 are pending action in the Senate and House Finance, Ways and Means Committees.

    “Roane County does very well,” Yager said.

  • Rockwood gets new station
  • Hospital coming down?

    It looks as though the demolition of all or parts of the old hospital in Harriman could take place soon.

    The project was discussed at length during the workshop of the Harriman City Council Tuesday evening following the regular council meeting.

    “It’s time to do something. How many years has this been kicked back and forth? Everybody keeps talking about it. It’s time to make a move forward,” said Councilman Daryl Cook.

    City Manager Kevin Helms submitted bids from two companies for the council to consider.

  • Stolen bike, big arrests

    A child’s bicycle stolen in Rockwood led to the arrest of six people last week.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jared Hall spoke with Brittanee Reed on April 12 about her son’s bike. Reed told Hall it was stolen off her front porch.

    “She went on to say that she heard something on or near her porch between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. this morning,” the report said.

    “She believes that is when the bike was taken.”